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4Aug/110

VMware Boomerang: quickly connect to console of VMs

VMware has released a new flight that might be handy for you if you quickly want to connect to the console of a VM – VDI comes to mind.

VMware Boomerang is a radically simple client application that allows you to use multiple vSphere servers simultaneously. Simply select "Add a Server..." to connect and login to an ESX or VirtualCenter server and you will be presented with a list of all available virtual machines. You are able to perform power operations on the virtual machine or connect to it using the VMware Remote Console (VMRC), which is provided with vSphere Client. You can also easily add virtual machines as favorites so you can quickly view the subset of virtual machines that you are interested in.
Features

  • Supports connecting to multiple ESX and VC servers simultaneously.
  • Allows you to save your credentials for easy login to servers.
  • Favorites pane enables easy browsing through multiple virtual machines on different servers.
  • Simple user interface gives you quick access to connecting to a virtual machine or issuing power operations.
  • Keyboard navigation allows you to type the name of the virtual machine you want to use or to use directional keys to navigate.
  • Servers with large numbers of virtual machines are automatically collapsed into hyperlinks, which you can click to view subsets of the inventory or the entire thing.
  • Configurable automatic update checking.

Users needing access to more than basic virtual machine power operations should use VMware vCenter Server to manage vSphere hosts and virtual machines. vCenter supports activities like vMotion, High Availability, storage configuration, host provisioning cloning, templates, monitoring, alerts and more.

Source: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/boomerang

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